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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election

Orange CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 2

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Michael Mahony

Small Business Owner
15,281 votes (12%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Solving homelessness in the county will be the top priority.
  • Finding an answer to the affordable housing crisis will be a top priority.
  • Reducing crime in the county will be a top priority.



Profession:Small Business Owner
Chief Web Scientst, The Web Scientists Inc. (2017–current)
Parent Liason, Cypress Schools Closure Committee — Appointed position (2005–2007)


Santa Monica High School Diploma, University Prep (1983)

Community Activities

Chess Coach, Cypress School District (2007–2012)


Michael Mahony has resided in the 2nd District for 26 years. He has seen the best and worst of the district's issues. He knows what works in the area and what does not work. He has many connections in the 2nd District and understands all the issues the 2nd District faces.

He is married and has 4 children. He has been active as a youth sports coach in soccer, baseball and hockey. Under his mentorship, many children have gone on to higher levels in the sport of their choosing.

Michael has been a technology professional for 30 years. His career has taught him how to manage resources and lead people. He has successfully managed teams as large as 200 people. He is methodical and thorough when making decisions. He is described by many as an analytical innovative thinker.

Michael served as the Director of Technology Solutions for the United States' largest restaurant delivery service. In that capacity, he sat on the Executive Team, making decisions daily about the future of the business. Under his strategic leadership, revenue grew from $4 million annually (with 5% done online) to $30 million annually (with 85% done online). Michael's strategic planning enabled the company to increase profits while also reducing overall expenses. He was the architect of Foodgistics, a delivery system that is unique and has driven many restaurant delivery service industry business to growth and profitability. His unique way of looking at a problem, finding just the right solution and then explaining it in plain English has also earned him the title of Most User-friendly Technologist.

Michael has also served as the Chief Technology Officer for a large manufacturing company. His leadership changed the way their technology platform worked. He was able to identify and solve problems others before him could not. He used his no nonsense approach to fix many lingering issues.

Michael has run several technology service companies in Orange County. He is currently the Chief Web Scientist for a technology service company that has clients worldwide. His entrepreneurial spirit has gotten him the support of many large clients across the globe. Under his guidance and executive leadership, Michael's company has grown exponentially in the past 12 months. This has continued even as much of his time is consumed by the campaign trail.

Michael served on the Measure M Citizen's Oversight Committee for the Cypress School District. He sat on that committee as the Secretary and Vice Chairman until his terms were complete. His vocal leadership helped to insure that tax payer money was not spent on things not previously planned and that there was no wasteful spending.

He has been a parent volunteer for PTA for more than 20 years. He also taught chess to elementary aged children for 6 years at Cypress School District schools. He has worked on numerous campaigns and is active in promoting voter awareness of the issues and how government works.

Several members of both the Cypress School Board and the Cypress City Council have praised him for being the lone voice of reason on matters that concern how the government operates and why decisions are made the way they are. He is looking to take that leadership to a new level by taking on the role of Supervisor, 2nd District. He will take his skills as an executive manager and deep thinker and transform the county government into a more transparent, smoothly operating, efficient decision-making machine.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

  • Libertarian Party of Orange County

Individuals (4)

  • Sarah Santabanez-Freed
  • Tina Malvas
  • Susan Stanley
  • Nancy West

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and the League of Women Voters of Orange Coast (1)

  According to a “Civility in America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility question. If you are elected what will you do to address this?  
Answer from Michael Mahony:

I agree that there is an issue here. My plan to address this is to have an open door policy so that my constituents will have access to me on a regular basis. I believe by making my constituents undersatnd who I am and what I am about, they will feel more connected with their government and will act more civily towards their elected officials and each other. 

Questions from The League of Women Voters of North Orange County (3)

  What is at the heart of the immigration issue for you?  
Answer from Michael Mahony:

I believe that criminal aliens should be handled howevrer the Federal governemtn wants them to be handled. If that is deportation, I am fine with that as long as they are truly criminals. 

What do you think is contributing to homelessness right now?  What do you expect from your city, county, state, or federal government with regards to homelessness?
Answer from Michael Mahony:

Homelessness has many causes, bu thte main cause in Orange County is a lack of affordable housing and the fact that the cities do not cooperate with each other on this issue. I would like to see all 34 cities work together towards a solution to this problem that all cities can be happy with. I want to see more temporary housing and more permanent housing as well.

  In 2017, the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted against conducting the vote center model for the 2018 election although authorized under the Voter's Choice Act.  If elected, would you support implementation of this law for Orange County beginning with the 2020 election; why or why not?  
Answer from Michael Mahony:

I would support such a measure as it would likely increase voter turnout by making it easier to get to a polling place. In a time when people work a long distance from home, this type of plan would enable them to easily locate and visit a polling center in their home county.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Michael Mahony believes in smaller government, spending money wisely and society taking care of its own. As a child growing up with only a single mother as his role model, Michael understands the struggles that face people in today's society. He feels that often times government overreaches when attemptig to care for its citizens. Michael does not think the government should always be the final answer to every social issue.

In a perfect world, charities would help with social issues. People would donate and that money would be used to help everyone who needs it. Thsi is especially important because the government's real role should be to protect the rights of its citizens and not to act like Big Brother.

Michael is fiscally conservative and socially liberal. He believes adults should be alloweed to decide what works best for them in their own lives without government intervention at every step of the way. He believes that people have rights and that as long as they don't step on the rights of others, they shoudl be allowed to proceed as they please.


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